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Sixty-Three Telecom Fraud Suspects Taken Back from Cambodia

Chinese police brought 63 telecom fraud suspects back from Cambodia in their continued crackdown on such crimes, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The suspects -- 50 from the Chinese mainland and 13 from Taiwan -- were brought back by chartered plane which landed in Nanjing Lukou International Airport in east China's Jiangsu Province.

They are suspected of falsely presenting themselves as law enforcement officials to extort money from people on the Chinese mainland through telephone calls. The exact number of fraud cases and the amount of money involved are still under investigation, said the ministry.

Cambodian immigration authorities recently destroyed a telecom fraud den in Phnom Penh, netting the suspects and seizing telephones, computers and scripts.

The suspects were brought to the Chinese mainland in order to protect the interests of the victims, said the ministry.

The ministry has designated the Public Security Bureau of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, to investigate the case.

In accordance with the consensus across the Taiwan Strait, mainland police authorities have informed Taiwan through normal channels.

Since the launch of a special crackdown on telecom fraud in November last year, the ministry has cooperated with police in Kenya, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia, destroying 65 telecom fraud dens, arresting 1,168 suspects, including 347 Taiwan residents.

(Xinhua News Agency September 20, 2016)

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